Cookie & Privacy Policy

This privacy policy applies to https://stsage.com (“this website”) and governs the privacy of those who choose to use this website. The owner of this website is S.T. Sage.

Any personal data collected through this website will be treated as confidential in line with the principles of the CCPA and European Union (EU) rules and requirements for user privacy.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA. The Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.


What personal data we collect and why we collect it


Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have left comments on this website, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.


Cookie Policy


What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are used to store small pieces of information. The cookies are stored on your device when the website is loaded on your browser. These cookies help us make the website function properly, make the website more secure, provide better user experience, and understand how the website performs and to analyze what works and where it needs improvement.

Some cookies contain personal information – for example, if you click to “remember me” when logging into a website, a cookie will store your username – but not all collect information that identifies you. Some collect general information such as how users arrive at and use a website, which a website owner can evaluate and find ways to improve site features and content.

How do we use cookies?

As most of the online services, our website uses cookies first-party and third-party cookies for a number of purposes. The first-party cookies are mostly necessary for the website to function the right way, and they do not collect any of your personally identifiable data.

The third-party cookies used on our websites are used mainly for understanding how the website performs, how you interact with our website, keeping our services secure, providing advertisements that are relevant to you, and all in all providing you with a better and improved user experience and help speed up your future interactions with our website.

This website strives to limit the use of cookies to those essential for optimal operation of the site and to offer a personalized experience for users, as well as to:

  • enable user interactions with blog comments
  • improve speed and security

We also use some third-party services to provide content and some common website features which may place cookies on your computer including:

  • A way for users to share pages and posts to social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter

What types of cookies do we use?

Essential: Some cookies are essential for you to be able to experience the full functionality of our site. They allow us to maintain user sessions and prevent any security threats. They do not collect or store any personal information. For example, these cookies allow you to log-in to your account and add products to your basket and checkout securely.

Statistics: These cookies store information like the number of visitors to the website, the number of unique visitors, which pages of the website have been visited, the source of the visit, etc. These data help us understand and analyze how well the website performs and where it needs improvement.

Functional: These are the cookies that help certain non-essential functionalities on our website. These functionalities include embedding content like videos or sharing contents on the website on social media platforms.

Preferences: These cookies help us store your settings and browsing preferences like language preferences so that you have a better and efficient experience on future visits to the website.

How can I control the cookie preferences?

Should you decide to change your preferences later through your browsing session, you can click on the “Privacy & Cookie Policy” tab on your screen. This will display the consent notice again enabling you to change your preferences or withdraw your consent entirely.

Managing Cookies

Most browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, etc.) are configured to accept cookies but allow users to manage those cookie settings and provide ways to delete cookies. These are official instructions for major browsers:

In addition to this, different browsers provide different methods to block and delete cookies used by websites. You can change the settings of your browser to block/delete the cookies. To find out more out more on how to manage and delete cookies, visit wikipedia.orgwww.allaboutcookies.org.


Contact and Communication


Visitors contacting, following, and interacting with this website and/or their owner do so at their own discretion and provide any such personal details requested at their own risk. As well as alerting you to new blog posts, pages and comments, this website and their owner also use any information submitted to provide you with further information about the products/services their owner offers or to assist you in answering any questions, comments, or queries you may have submitted.

Email Newsletter

This website operates an email newsletter program currently managed by ConvertKit and is used to inform subscribers about news, information and products/services supplied by the owner of this website. Users can subscribe to the email newsletter here through an online automated process should they wish to do so, but do so at their own volition and discretion.

Subscriptions are taken in compliance with the CCPA and the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). All personal details relating to subscriptions are held securely and in accordance with those regulations. Subscribers may unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any newsletter.

Newsletter Subscription Process

Subscription is through a ‘double opt-in process,’ whether direct from this website or from a book marketing promotion. This means that after providing your personal details (name and email address), you will receive an email asking you to confirm that you wanted to subscribe. You will only be included as a subscriber to a list if you confirm by clicking the link and generating a return email that this is what you want to do.

Subscribing through this process means that:

  • your contact information is transferred to S.T. Sage’s account on the third-party site, ConvertKit, and stored there,
  • you give your consent to be sent newsletters/emails via that ConvertKit account
  • interactions such as open rates can be collected to inform future marketing and mailings.

You may request a copy of personal information held about you by emailing stsage.author@gmail.com.

Newsletters and email campaigns that may be sent by this website or its owner may contain tracking facilities within the actual email. Subscriber activity is tracked and stored in a database for future analysis and evaluation. Such tracked activity may include; the opening of emails, forwarding of emails, the clicking of links within the email content, times, dates, and frequency of activity. This information is used to refine future email campaigns and supply visitors with more relevant content based on their activity.

Third Parties

Your details are not passed on to any third parties at any time. This website provides links to social media accounts, and also purchase links for books which take you directly to retail sites. Following those links will take you away from this website. These sites have their own privacy policy, and we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. You should exercise caution before sharing information and read the privacy statement relating to the website in question.

External Sites

Other links within this site to other websites are not covered by this policy. We suggest that you find out about their privacy policies on your first visit to any such website. Users should note they click on external links at their own risk and neither this website nor their owner can be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.

Other cookies may be stored to your computer’s hard drive by external vendors when this website uses referral programs, sponsored links or adverts. Such cookies are used for conversion and referral tracking and typically expire after 30 days, though some may take longer. No personal information is stored, saved or collected.

Social Media Platforms

Communication, engagement, and actions taken through external social media platforms that this website and their owner participate on are subject to the terms and conditions and privacy policies held with each social media platform respectively.

Users are advised to use social media platforms wisely and communicate/engage on them with due care and caution in regard to their own privacy and personal details. We will never ask for personal or sensitive information through social media platforms and strongly encourage visitors wishing to discuss sensitive details to contact us through primary communication channels such as by email.

Social Media Buttons

This website provides ways to share our pages and blog posts to social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter. If you choose to share content from this site through any of the social media buttons on this site, be aware that these sites are likely to collect information about your online activities. This site has no control over placement of those cookies and how they function, therefore it is recommended that you review the official privacy policy of the respective social network to find out more about their use of your information and/or how to opt out or delete such information.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/ 
Twitter: http://twitter.com/privacy 
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/static?hl=en&template=privacy 
Instagram: https://help.instagram.com/402411646841720 
Google: https://policies.google.com
Pinterest: https://policy.pinterest.com/en/privacy-policy


If you have any questions or comments, please email S.T Sage at stsage.author@gmail.com